I used to smoke pot as a teenager and when I was in my young 20s. At first it was fun, but I soon got a lot of anxiety from smoking marijuana.
Some anxious people claim that marijuana (or pot or cannabis) calms them down. But I always got major marijuana anxiety. The crazy thing was, even though I would become paranoid and feel really awful after smoking it, I continued to smoke for about a year and a half. Reason being that’s what my freinds at the time did- I guess it was a peer pressure thing. Oh the joys of being a teenager…
So because of the marijuana anxiety I haven’t smoked pot in years. In fact I wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole. It would be like asking for a 3 hour panic attack complete with paranoid thoughts. Yeah, um…no thanks…
However, my sister is an occasional pot smoker and absolutely loves it- always has. She claims it calms her down and mellows her out. Now she has never had anxiety issues like me, but I think it’s interesting that 2 sisters that obviously share a similar genetic makeup would have polar opposite experiences with marijuana.
In a recent article in Elle Magazine, one woman who suffered with generalized anxiety disorder sought out the help of a psychiatrist, and even tried Zoloft for her panic attacks and agoraphobia. None of these things helped her. What does help her is relaxing at the end of the day by vaporizing a thimbleful of pot. As she puts it, “I’ve run through enough pharmaceutical drugs to know that pot dulls my panic better than any pill.”
You should know that this woman also gave up caffeine, and she exercises and meditates regularly. So for her, marijuana is a solution she uses to stop panic attacks and anxiety.
Because of my horrible paranoid high history with pot, the only herb I go near these days is my trusty Holy Basil. And the only thing I’ve ever put in a vaporizer is Vicks when my kids were babies 😉
I would never suggest that anyone go smoke marijuana for anxiety, but I’m glad to hear it helps others. I would love to hear what you think about pot and your experiences with it.
I wish you peace,